Ship Life

Tips for Crew How to Deal with the Fear of Coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020

Following all the uncertainty the cruise ship crew members are facing during these difficult times Crew Center has reached out for advice by a former crew member who is now working as a medical professional on how to keep our mental health and support each other.

Macedonian crew must replace passports reflecting country’s new name

Feb 07, 2024

Macedonian citizens will have to replace their passports with the new name of the country, North Macedonia. According to a treaty signed between North Macedonia and Greece, all passports must be replaced with the new name by February 12, 2024. This includes all citizens living abroad as well as seafarers. 

Apollo Group Announces 7 Days Crew Cancellation Policy

Nov 30, 2023

In a recent announcement, the Apollo Group has introduced a new “Sign-On Procedure Enforcement” that will significantly impact crew members under the company who are not ready to board cruise ships on schedule.

Documents and Certificates needed to become a Crew Member

Nov 30, 2023

Ahoy, maritime enthusiasts!

A lot of candidates have been asking which kind of documents and certificates are needed to become a crew member. So in this edition of our newsletter we will share with you all you need to know before embarking upon your new career at sea. 

Cruise Lines Comparison: How much does a waiter earn?

Nov 29, 2023

Embarking on a career as a waiter on a cruise ship is not just about providing excellent service; it's a journey into a world of international experiences, growth opportunities, and daily challenges. While the role itself is captivating, little is known about the various aspects, including conditions, opportunities, and most importantly earnings.

The Crew Bar or Crew Gym - What's your best option to relax on cruise ship?

Nov 24, 2023

During the long and often exhausting months at sea, there is a much-needed balance for every crew member on the ship. If you work on the land, you can go for a pint of beer with your mates, watch a movie in the theatre, a bike ride around the city, or do whatever makes you feel relaxed. 

Food Quality for Crew Members Aboard Cruise Ships

Nov 24, 2023

In the last four contracts I have been on, on four different ships, I have seen food from being terrible to brilliant. In general, I would still say the quality is good. Sometimes, you will wait until the end of the line and not find what you will eat, so you have to settle for what there is or eat toast with a hotdog. If you are someone looking for gluten-free, unsalted dietary-fiber-filled croissants for morning tea, there are better places than a cruise ship for you.

Food Choices for Crew Members Aboard Cruise Ships

Nov 24, 2023

Cruise lines make significant efforts to accommodate various cultural tastes. The food may not be as fancy as the passenger meals, but it's satisfactory. Having worked for several cruise companies, I experienced varying levels of food quality on different ships. The top company for crew members in terms of food is Carnival Cruise Lines. I recall that, at times, they prepared delicious, tender, and beautiful steaks for the crew members (once a week).

Crew living conditions on Margaritaville At Sea

Nov 20, 2023

The allure of working on a cruise ship often comes with dreams of adventure, exploration, and a chance to showcase one's hospitality skills while sailing the high seas. However, for one crew member aboard the cruise ship Margaritaville At Sea, the reality proved to be a stark contrast to this image. In a firsthand account, this crew member shares a disturbing experience of subpar living conditions, particularly concerning the shared facilities in the cabin.

I Was Working On Cruise Ships. What I Feel Years Later Is Profound Gratitude

Nov 16, 2023

Was working on cruise ships a perfect experience? No, it wasn't. Still, looking back, I only see how much the job positively impacted my life.